Look Who Made it into the Web Hosting Industry Review!

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Michael Harris of Ecommerce, Inc. talking about The Innovation Initiative at HostingCon 2012

Congrats to Mike Harris who made another appearance in Web Hosting Industry Review magazine!

Earlier this year, you’ll recall Mike having done a talk on his Innovation Initiative for HostingCon 2012. Apparently, WHIR enjoyed his talk so much, they decided to do a feature-length article on his ideas.

Every company faces the challenge of developing new ways to sell their products, solve a problem, or improve efficiency. Mike’s concept is for companies to use their entire workforce to drive innovation and develop creative ideas, rather than only relying on members of management or hiring outside consultants. Mike explained this in the article, but also gave us some ideas on how even smaller teams can take advantage of his ideas. So, keep reading to find out how you might be able to use Mike’s concepts for yourself!

When describing why his approach is so effective in the WHIR piece, Mike said, “What’s so interesting about the approach is you get a really good variety of ideas and backgrounds because you’re grabbing from different areas of expertise and you’re bringing them together,” He continues. “They come in as if they were all co-founders in a startup company to solve whatever problem it is they want to solve.”

Mike also explained how his method can be very beneficial to companies that have a limited amount of staff and financial resources.

“This is a way to leverage the resources you already have and achieve results that you didn’t believe possible before. For a company like us… we’re not the biggest company in the world, but it gave us a big company research and development group on a budget, if you will.”

Some of you might be wondering how to use these concepts for your own purposes. Well, we asked Mike for some insight on how some of our customers can take advantage of his ideas.

“The approach to innovation that I am sharing will work for small and large companies alike. The concepts do not depend on company size at all, but rather the ability to create small, diverse teams with the freedom to focus and the autonomy to create change. The challenge for very small companies will be to create team diversity when it comes to member’s backgrounds, skill sets, and experience. To achieve this diversity you could ask a customer, vendor, friend, or family member to participate. Once you have a few diverse thinkers on the team, the concepts and practices will apply just as they do for larger companies.”

After overcoming the challenge of creating team diversity, it’s up to those smaller organizations to then carry out the innovation concepts that Mike outlines so they too can propel forward.

To read the WHIR article in its entirety, check out “The Innovation Initiative with Michael Harris of Ecommerce, Inc.”!

Thanks, and once again, congratulations to Mike!

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Mike Harris Talks Innovation at HostingCon 2012

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Congratulations to Mike Harris on presenting his Innovation Initiative at HostingCon 2012! Harris, IX Web Hosting’s VP of IT, gave a speech on integrating innovation throughout an entire company and not simply waiting for great ideas to happen on their own.

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Mike’s speech was covered by Web Hosting Industry Review and was a featured topic on several hosting-related websites.

“Real innovation is methodical. You can repeat it,” Harris said.

While many companies will pay for outside ‘consultants’ to brainstorm ideas, Harris believes innovation can come from within the company, provided the innovation team is given the right environment. For instance, the team should be given the space, time, and resources to work on the project, rather than being expected to work on it in addition to their normal duties. Scheduled time away from the typical ‘day to day’ aspects of their jobs also helps the team focus and make measurable progress.

Harris goes on to describe how the innovation team communicates with senior leadership, and how leadership should challenge and support the team, and avoid simply shooting things down.

Check out Mike’s slideshow for the Innovation Initiative.

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How do I move my MobileMe site?

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Attention all Apple users!

If you haven’t heard, come June 30th, Apple will no longer be supporting MobileMe accounts. Because of this, any iWeb site you have uploaded to MobileMe will no longer be up and running.

But don’t worry!

IX Web Hosting provides web and mail services which will allow your site to remain active, and moving your site over to us is a snap. I’ve put together this quick walkthrough to show you how easy it is to switch your iWeb site from MobileMe over to IX Web Hosting in just 5 simple steps:

1. When you create a hosting account with us (if you don’t have one already click HERE to sign up) you will receive a ‘Welcome’ email detailing all login and server information you’ll need. If you signed up previously and lost your ‘Welcome’ email, contact us and we’ll help you find this info.

2. Log into your IX Web Hosting account. Click the ‘Manage’ button for your hosting product and add your domain name under ‘Domains’. Ignore the message about ‘top level domain’ and be sure ‘Web Service’ is turned on. Also, once finished, write down the IP address. (Take note if the word ‘shared’ appears next to it).

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3. Open iWeb. Click the domain name on the left to bring up the publishing settings. You will see “Publish to: ‘MobileMe’“. Instead, select “FTP Server” from the drop down menu and enter your IP address or web server name indicated in your welcome email.

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4. From the welcome email, you’ll need your Server Address, Username, and Password to fill out the rest of the “FTP Server Settings”. Leave the “directory/path:” field blank.

5. Once finished, click ‘publish’ and thats it! You’ve migrated your website over to our service just with a few simple clicks inside your iWeb program.

To make sure your site is up and working the way you want it, open up a browser window and type in the IP address you wrote down earlier unless it had ‘shared’ next to it.  If you have a ‘shared’ IP address, you click ‘Web Options’ in the ‘Manage’ section of your hosting account, click the domain name, and scroll to the bottom to click ‘Instant Access Domain Alias,’ as seen below.

Instant Access Domain Alias Screenshot

Once you’re sure it’s working, update your name servers with your current registrar using the information provided to you in the ‘Welcome’ email. If you’re not sure how to change your name servers, consult this:

http://www.ixwebhosting.com/hosting-manual/domain-name-system

If you have any issues with this process, feel free to reach me Sunday – Thursday, 8AM – 5PM EDT.  I’m considered the ‘mac guy’ in the office and would be happy to ensure this transition goes smoothly for you. My number is 800-385-0450, extension 014.

If I’m not available, any one of our helpful staff members can assist you. Just visit http://www.ixwebhosting.com/support if you have any questions.

Good luck!

Robert Graham
Customer Relations

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Three Thousand Dollars!

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IX Top Converter Affiliate ProgramNow that I’ve got your attention, let me explain why I’m dangling obscene amounts of cash under your nose.

This month, IX Web Hosting is holding our very first Top Converter  Affiliate Contest.

The prize? You guessed it. Three thousand dollars. Oh yeah.

What’s that you say? You’d like to get involved? It’s easy. Become an IX Web Hosting Affiliate.

Here’s how it works: Affiliate Marketing is recommendation marketing, which means, whether you’re a customer of  IX Web Hosting or not, you recommend our hosting service to your website visitors, email list, you name it – and get compensated for every purchase they make.

In other words: You place ads (we have a huge collection!) or links on your sites, and, for every prospect who follows your link to IX Web Hosting and makes a purchase, you get paid.

You can earn up to $300 for each customer you refer to us. Some of our top affiliates are making thousands of dollars every month!Businessmen Jumping Hurdle

If you’re already a registered Affiliate or a Commission Junction Publisher, don’t worry – you’re automatically entered in the Top Converter Affiliate Contest.

At the end of February 2012 the affiliate with the highest improvement in conversion rate will be proclaimed the winner, and given the cold, hard cash. Of course, should you be the big winner, your prize money will be paid in addition to your normal monthly commissions.

Interested? We thought you would be. All you have to do is sign up here.

Sign up today!

IX Affiliate BannersClick the ‘Start Earning Today button and get in on the action! The registration only takes a few minutes, so you can start making money right away.

Remember, the affiliate with the highest conversion rate increase will win the $3,000 – so merely placing a banner on your site will not be enough. You’re going to want to sell, sell, sell.

Try adding a paragraph or two about the quality of our services and support. If you’re already a customer, tell them how great your experiences have been with IX Web Hosting. Mention our special promo rates. Tell them about our 30-day money back guarantee and our helpful, friendly, 24/7 call center in Columbus Ohio.

The more customers you drive to our site, the higher your chances of getting your hands on the $3,000 prize for being our Top Converter!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up, start promoting, and good luck!

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What the mailman dragged in

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So, yesterday my mailman brought me yet another one of those Domain Registry of Amer*** letters. These letters are seriously annoying.  Take a look (click below to see bigger image) :

If you didn’t already know, these letters are a notorious marketing ploy.  They try to convince you to renew your domain name with them by sending you an official-looking notice, by postal mail.  If you follow the directions, not only will you pay an arm and a leg for a year of registration, but you’ll also be transferring your domain registration to another company. I often get letters from customers, who ask me, “How did these scumbags get my snail mail address?”  It’s actually really easy.  And sort of scary, too.

Your domain name’s ownership information (it’s also called the “WHOIS information”) is available in a public database – which can be accessed by anyone.  See for yourself right here.

This is the same reason you usually started getting boatloads of spam to the email address associated with your domain.

Obviously this is bad.  Only for specific reasons would you want to share your info (and I’ll tell you about those in a couple of weeks).  But as a general rule, it’s better to hide your contact information from public view.

So how can you hide your contact information?

Until now, there hasn’t been a lot you can do about it.  But because so many of you have been asking for it, we’ve added a sweet new feature called Domain WHOIS Privacy.  It basically removes your information from the WHOIS database.  You still own your domain, but now you won’t have to deal with all the spam, fake mail, and telemarketing calls.  Of course you always have the option to turn privacy off at any time, but I don’t recommend it.

I’ve got all my personal names, and even some of my business names, protected with Domain WHOIS Privacy.  It works wonders and the spam you get decreases considerably.

So if you want to add it to your existing domain(s), it’s only $6/year (which is like one or two lattes from Starbucks, depending on how complicated of a person you are). And it’s well worth it.  Here are some instructions on turning privacy on.

To make it a no brainer, we’ve bundled domain privacy with new .com domain registrations. For a short time, you can register new .coms for just 4 bucks if you add domain privacy when you order them.

I hope you like this new feature, and that it’ll help you as much as it has helped me.

Yours,

Fathi Said, CEO
IX Web Hosting

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